Dilution of nuclear waste in select granular material

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 803, 1979

T. R. CHARI, Associate Professor, T. W. KIERANS, Professor, W. G. WEGENAST, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland

The safe-level dilution of low-level radioactive wastes in large volumes of selected granular material is proposed as an alternative method of permanent waste disposal to current Canadian practice of concentration and encapsulation. Accepting the fact that a "background level" of radioactivity exists throughout the world, the authors feel that the concept of controlled dilution of radioactive wastes to a level in keeping with "background" is a plausible alternative to current thinking on the subject and is worthy of equal consideration.